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Galapagos wildlife

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The Wildlife is the prime reason for visiting the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. The logistics of travelling to and around the islands as well as information on the islands is given in the Galapagos Islands article itself.

Understand

Lying 1000km west of Ecuador on the South American mainland, the volcanic Galapagos Islands' wildlife developed and remained relatively protected until the 1800s. Charles Darwin visited the islands in 1835 and his studies here helped form his Theory of Evolution. Since then, although the influence of mankind has increased, the islands isolation has kept them remarkably unspoilt with some of the tamest wildlife you will ever encounter.

The National Park

The land of the islands was declared a National Park in 1959, and the surrounding seas a marine biosphere in 1986.

What to bring / hire

  • Binoclars
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Camera
  • Seasickness pills

Reptiles

Tortoises

Iguanas

Lizards

Snakes

Geckos

Turtles

Land Mammals

Goats

Rats

Birds

Albatrosses

Boobies

Cormorants

Darwin Finches

Egrets & Herons

Flamingos

Frigatebirds

Hawks

Mockingbirds

Oystercatchers

Pelicans

Penguins

Plovers

Storm Petrels

Tropicbirds

Sea Mammals

Sea Lions

Seals

Whales

Dolphins

Fish

Sharks

Rays

Anglefish

Invertebrates

Crabs

Sea Urchins

Sea Cucumbers

Sea Anenomies

Star Fish

Plants

Cactus

Variants

Actions

Destination Docents

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